Anoka County Job Training Success Stories:

Contributing to the success of individuals and employers through workforce development services.

Empowers Youth Program

immanuelImmanuel started working with the Empowers Youth Program when he was 18 through the Pre-Employment Transition Service (Pre-ETS) partnership with Vocational Rehabilitation Services.  He was attending Life Skills Transition School and had a long-term goal of working in building maintenance.  Immanuel's first work experience was working for the school and his Empowers counselor coordinated with his school case manager and work coordinator to find additional paid work experince.  

Immanuel graduated from the Transitions School earning his High School Diploma and was placed at the Anoka County Government Center to continue to gain skills in a larger facility working as a custodian.  The Director of Anoka County Facilities reached out to the Empowers program to offer an internship to Immanuel so he could start to learn more about building maintenance.  During the next year, Immanuel excelled and in the summer of 2022 was offered a job working for the County at a marketable rate of pay with benefits.  He now works 30 hours a week as a Facilities Engineer I for Anoka County.  

The Director of Facilities Management & Construction stated, “I am VERY proud of my entire team for working with the Job Training Center (JTC) to come alongside individuals from the JTC and help make them as successful as they can be!”  Immanuel has this advice to share, “This is a great opportunity for anyone with a job goal and is willing to put in the effort.”  Congratulations Immanuel!

Disaster Relief Employment OMNI Grant Program


Julie had a 2-year degree as a Legal Assistant but unable to type fast enough to make her competitive in an Office Support position. She wanted to get back into nursing and through the Disaster Relief Employment OMNI Grant Program she worked with her vocational counselor to discuss options for training. 

She enrolled in Nursing Assistant training and started a work experience program at Mercy Hospital. She became a Certified Nursing Assistant and with her hard work she was hired by Mercy Hospital as a Nursing Assistant before completing her work experience program.

Congratulations Julie!

Dislocated Worker Program


Alisa enrolled in the dislocated worker program and was struggling to get interviews after sending out several resumes. Her goal was to find a job working remotely in Human Resources.

Her vocational counselor reviewed her goals and found that the current demand in the occupation Alisa was looking for was low and finding remote work would be a challenge. Alisa was up for the challenge.

They strengthened her resume and within two months Alisa was offered a position as a Human Resources Specialist at a hospital for a remote position.   

Just what she was hoping for.  Congratulations Alisa!

Career Pathways Program


When Casey started the 911 Telecommunications Pathway training program, he was working in retail as a customer service representative. His family background was in public safety, and he wanted to pursue his passion for public safety.  He heard about the 911 Telecommunications Pathway being offered by Anoka County and signed up.

The Training Course was great!  The instructors either previously worked as a Dispatcher or were still working in the field and provided decades of experience giving students an honest look at life as a 911 Dispatcher. 

Casey applied for a job at Anoka County after graduation but was declined the job after some concerns came up about his Psychological Assessment that was required for the job. Casey was 19 when he took the assessment the first time and being so young with the pattern of maturity issues, he wasn’t surprised he didn’t get hired. He waited a few years, reapplied, and was offered the job! It just goes to show that a little time and persistence pays off.

Casey has been employed as a 911 Dispatcher with Anoka County for over a year and is officially off probation. He looks forward to officially starting his 911 career and hopes in the future to move up the ranks in the Center to become a supervisor!  

Congratulations Casey!